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Smoky Paprika Grilled Shrimp Quesadillas
with mashed avocado / corn on the cob

Active: 40 minTotal: 50 min

Grilling is a little extra work in this recipe but will add great flavor to all components of the dish. If you’re going to be short on time or just prefer to cook indoors, skip the skewers altogether - everything will come together quickly on the stovetop.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Smoky Paprika Grilled Shrimp Quesadillas:
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 lb
  • Skewers, wooden or bamboo - 8
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Cheese, shredded Mexican blend - 8 oz (look for one that includes manchego if available)
  • Tortillas, taco-sized flour or corn - 8
  • Sour cream - for serving (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
Grilled Avocado and Corn on the Cob:
  • Corn - 4 ears, shucked
  • Avocados - 2, halved, pits removed
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp + 2 tsp
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Shrimp - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating or stockpot of water boiling before continuing with prep.) Defrost, rinse, and pat dry.
  2. Skewers - If using wooden skewers and planning to cook on the grill, soak in water for 15 minutes to prevent burning.
  3. Make spice mix - Combine paprika, cumin, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Corn - Shuck corn. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Season shrimp - Toss shrimp with spice mix.
  6. Assemble skewers - (Skip this step if cooking on the stovetop.) Thread shrimp onto skewers.
  7. Avocados - Halve avocados and discard pits.

Make

  1. If cooking on the grill: Heat a grill to 400F / 204C, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat.
  2. {grill}: Brush some cooking oil onto grates and onto avocados (cut-side only) and corn.
  3. {grill}: Place corn over direct heat and rotate to get grill marks on all sides. Move to indirect heat and continue cooking with the lid closed until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. {grill}: When corn is nearly tender, place avocado halves, cut-side down, over direct heat. Add shrimp skewers to direct heat and cook on both sides until opaque. Avocado halves should have grill marks about the same time that shrimp is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes for both.
  5. If cooking on the stovetop: Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil.
  6. {stovetop}: When water is boiling, add corn and boil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. {stovetop}: Heat a wok or skillet with some cooking oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and saute until opaque and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer shrimp to a cutting board (discard skewers if you cooked on the grill). Add cilantro and chop shrimp and cilantro into small pieces.
  9. Combine shrimp, cilantro, and cheese.
  10. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan, top it with shrimp / cheese mixture and then another tortilla.
  11. When the tortilla on the bottom is golden brown and crisp, flip the quesadilla and cook on the other side until all of the cheese is melted. Continue with the remaining tortillas and filling.
  12. Scoop out avocado and mash with first part of lime juice. Season with some salt and pepper.
  13. Brush corn with butter and second part of lime juice. Sprinkle chili powder over top.
  14. Slice quesadillas into wedges. Serve with sour cream and mashed avocado. Enjoy with corn on the side.

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Reviews

This meal has 31 reviews

Easy, delicious, total winner!

By: Jenna
Posted: Oct 16, 2018
Diet: Original

Simple but surprisingly delicious! The grilled corn and avocados took it to the next level.

By: elyssa
Posted: Sep 26, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

Had extra shrimp already cooked and just mixed in the spice mix after the fact. Quite yummy and easy.

By: Susan
Posted: Sep 09, 2018
Diet: Original

Pretty good. May do again. We do quesadillas in the oven a lot, but had never done it on the grill/side burner!

By: Allison
Posted: Sep 08, 2018
Diet: Original

Liked this more than I expected to. Grilled the avocados but did the rest in a pan.

By: Sundi
Posted: Sep 08, 2018
Diet: Paleo

Served it deconstructed and it was delicious!

By: Alyssa
Posted: Sep 03, 2018
Diet: Original